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Bay City Banks Battle to Help Save Lives

Great Lakes

April 4, 2014


Bay City, MI—April 4—The American Red Cross and 6 Bay City financial institutions are joining forces to help restock the blood supply following one of the most severe Michigan winters in recent memory. 


The ‘Battle of the Banks’ challenge will be held Tuesday, April 15th from 10:30AM – 3:30PM at Pere Marquette Depot (1000 Adams Street, Bay City).


 Participating banks include Bank of America, Chemical Bank, FirstMerit Bank, Independent Bank, PNC Bank and Thumb National Bank and Trust Co.


The bank that garners the most ‘votes’ from donors wins the challenge and will receive a traveling plaque and, of course, bragging rights until the next challenge.  Everyone who comes out to donate will receive a free Red Cross windbreaker jacket, while supplies last. 



“We are thrilled to once again partner with these banks to help save lives,” said Kelly Remer, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross.  “This winter has been a real challenge for both the Red Cross and our blood donors.  The ‘Battle of the Banks’ will help to ensure there is an adequate blood supply for patients in need.”


January and February were none-too-kind to the American Red Cross.  The Great Lakes Region, which covers 65 counties in Michigan, saw more than 60 blood drives cancelled due to severe weather—more than 1,800 units of blood went uncollected during the first two months of the year.


For more information about this blood drive, contact participating businesses, visit and enter sponsor code: Battle Banks or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment to donate. 





How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  03/14AP087